Verizon has just cut the price of the Droid RAZR Maxx by a whopping $100, bringing the price of the long-lasting 4G LTE smartphone down to $199.99 with two-year contract. That's a great price for the supercharged Motorola handset. Verizon is also touting its new partnership with Facebook video app Color, which allows you to share 30-second video snippets over 4G LTE. Speaking of the Droid RAZR Maxx, it should be picking up Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich very, very shortly.
Sharp has released DL-L60AV LED bulbs that are energy efficient, have a long service life and have no mercury. They screw in like ordinary incandescent lamps and feature an adjustable color function that allows users to alter the white light to seven different shades. It also has a built-in dimmer for brightness adjustment. Available in Japan for now, it comes with remote. While the upfront price may be more than an ordinary bulb, Sharp says that they can run for 11 hours at a cost of only 1 Yen (~$.01) and has a service life of about 40,000 hours.
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While most discs can hold about 5GB data now, researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia have created five dimensional discs that can hold 2,000 times that amount. The team created the 10TB disc with a color dimension that uses nanoparticles that react to light according to shape, so that information can be recorded on different wavelengths. Polarization was also applied for recording layers of data. While there are still issues to work out, they foresee the discs in the market in the next 5 to 10 years. That will give us all time to save up the money to buy that much data in one disc.
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We were hoping that the Lumix DMC-TZ7 camera Panasonic was offering was connected with the RED (Product) line since we couldn’t find another one, but it turns out that the company is offering a limited edition because their research found that hue to be a “favored” color choice. The hybrid cam, with Intelligent Auto Mode and LEICA DC Vario-Elmar Lens is also available in black, silver or brown. You can find them all at Panasonic’s e-shop for $399.95 each.
Fujitsu has the honor of developing the first color e-paper mobile terminal. FLEPia is thin and lightweight and has a simple to view 8-inch display with up to 260,000 colors in HD. It also has Bluetooth and high-speed wireless LAN capability. When completely charged, it provides up to 40 hrs. of usage only for re-draw. When used with a 4GB SD card, the e-book can store up to 5,000 conventional sized paperbacks which equals out to 300 pages long at 600KB per book.
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Art & Mobile has just released QuadCamera, the fourth in a series of applications named ToyCamera. Compatible with iPhones OS2.1 or later, choose between color or black and white mode and get, with only one touch, 4 to 8 serial shots. The interval is 0.25 to 3.00 seconds and you can choose between 2x2, 4x1, 4x2, 8x1 layout, in both portrait and landscape mode. Check out more shots on their site or get your own ToyCamera from the iTunes App store for $1.99.
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With the iPhone selling as well as it is, we are betting there are plenty of opportunities for people to get theirs mixed up with that of someone elses. After all, do you really want to turn it on and verify that the wallpaper on any iPhone you happen to grab really is your bulldog in his pink tutu? This is why we are intrigued by ColorWare‘s latest addition to their custom paint services; that being for the iPhone. While it isn’t the cheapest thing in the world (but really - is anything involving the iPhone cheap?), we know from first-hand experience that ColorWare’s work is pretty darn impressive - just check out the paint job they did for our 3G iPod back in the day. To get a painted iPhone in your hands, you can take advantage of one of three options - you can pay them $149 USD and mail in your iPhone and they will do it up nice and send it back, or you can just purchase a brand new iPhone from them, which they will then paint and send to you. That runs $649 USD for a 4GB model, and $749 for an 8GB version.
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Pantone, the industry leading expert in color was in full force at CES showing off their Huey. The Huey is a consumer oriented color correction device for computer monitors. Color correction and calibration is important for photographers pro and novice alike to ensure that the photos they edit on their computer end up looking true to life and printing accurately.
The Huey is a first in the sub $100 for color calibration. Many other solutions for color calibration exist today, but most are in the $250+ range and aimed directly at professionals. Check out the video for a full demo.